Kalasin villagers forced to buy fresh water for sparing use


By Thai Newsroom Reporters

HUNDREDS OF VILLAGERS in a parched district of Kalasin are literally buying fresh water to sparingly drink and use in everyday life.

An estimated 350 villagers including the elderly and children in Samran subdistrict of Sam Chai district of the northeastern province are literally buying fresh water from passing vendors since no natural water for daily consumption is currently available after the rainy season has elapsed, according to Or Bor Tor member Pithak Boonlah.

PVC pipes carrying fresh water earlier provided by the Samran Subdistrict Administration had been damaged beyond repair since the past several months, forcing the villagers in high terrains of Pupan mountain range to buy fresh water for 10 to 20 baht per gallon.

A local reservoir has completely run dry whilst no underground water has been found in the drought-stricken environment and the water which the villagers had earlier stored for future use has already been used up, the Or Bor Tor member said.

The villagers had earlier called on the authorities ranging from Samran subdistrict administration to Kalasin provincial administration and MPs for help which has not come around as yet.


A representative image of water crisis by Erdenebayar Bayansan from Pixabay

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